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World’s tallest atrium revealed

ZHA Architects recently released new images of the 46-storey, 207 metre Leeza Soho mixed-use tower, under construction in Beijing, which has what’s thought to be world’s tallest atrium. Construction of the tower, which has a gross floor area of 172,800... View Article

The impact of public rights of way on development

Footpaths, bridleways and byways traditionally traverse golden fields and green lanes, providing short cuts and leisure walks for local residents and countryside visitors. Yet these recreational routes are public rights of way, a type of public highway recorded on mapping by... View Article

High ambition – The Beacon, Hemel Hempstead

The Beacon, shortly to begin construction in Hemel Hempstead, is set to be the world’s most sustainable residential tower. James Parker spoke to the project’s architect to hear about this proposed model of luxury eco-living. The Beacon is an ambitious... View Article

Italian renaissance – T Fondaco dei Tedeschi Venice

OMA’s transformation of a former 13th century Venetian palazzo into a department store on the Grand Canal shows how sensitive architectural interventions can successfully respect a multi-layered historic structure. Stephen Cousins reports. The T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, located beside the... View Article

It’s time for stylish new air conditioning units using R32

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new line-up of wall-mounted air conditioning units with a sophisticated, streamlined design and a comprehensive range of features to make stylish, energy efficient air conditioning available for countless small businesses. The M Series MSZ-LN range... View Article

Hidden benefits of concealment

Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers have become the specifier’s choice for a wide variety of projects thanks to the fact that they are totally invisible when the door is closed. British designed and manufactured, and available in standard and Free... View Article

The grill from Ipanema – Anibal Building, Rio de Janeiro

The Anibal Building in Ipanema, Rio, is a low-rise office block that neatly reflects the Brazilian city’s flair for original and unusual building facades, as Ray Philpott discovers. Architects Bernardes Arquitetura faced some complex challenges when they set out to... View Article

Origamitecture – Val-de-Fontenay bank, Paris

The new office complex for bank Société Générale in Val-de-Fontenay, eastern Paris, resembles three folds in a giant sheet of paper ­– formed from over 200 km of reconstituted Japanese wood strips. Stephen Cousins investigates. Faced with the task of... View Article

A distinguishing recreational centre in Istanbul: Watergarden

The Watergarden project in Istanbul – the spatial organisation and the interior design of which belongs to GVDS – Gorkem Volkan Design Studio is distinguished from the stereotypical shopping malls with its innovative concept of a recreational centre focusing only... View Article

Lalit London – Indian opulence meets Victorian grandeur

Former grammar school becomes London’s first luxury boutique Indian hotel Opening in January 2017 and situated on the South Bank in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, the Lalit London occupies the former home of renowned London grammar school St Olave’s.... View Article
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